Taught course

Conservation Practice

Institution
Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in archaeology, history, ancient history, fine arts, conservation, science and chemistry, and other related and relevant disciplines. Graduates from heritage management and museology will also be considered. Evidence of an interest in or commitment to the cultural heritage sector will strengthen an application. You must provide evidence of your highest level of science qualification with your application. We will consider making offers to students based on their results from the IAP course ‘Chemistry for Conservators’. If you have an arts based degree you must supply evidence of the highest level of education within science that you have achieved.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Conservation helps cultural and heritage objects ‘tell their stories’ now and into the future. As a conservation student, you will combine theoretical knowledge with your developing practical skills in a laboratory setting.

With alumni working in the sector across the globe, Conservation at Cardiff has an enviable reputation for their courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level and for links with the heritage sector at home and abroad.

Students become skilled in the care, repair and protection of cultural and heritage artefacts and adept at selecting the appropriate approach from the full toolkit taught to maintain our past for future generations.

To offer knowledge and expertise to operate as professional conservators in the heritage sector. Alternatively, the MSc can prepare graduates for further research and offers transferable skills in project and resource management, problem solving and communication for a wide range of careers.

This is a conversion course designed for graduates who want to pursue a career in Conservation whose first degree was in a humanities discipline such as history, classics, fine arts, or a scientific discipline such as chemistry, biology, natural sciences, physics.

There is the opportunity for a placement in the heritage sector of at least two months. Previous placements have been with Imperial War Museum, Çatalhöyük research project, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Staffordshire Hoard project, Bristol Museum and the Royal Armouries.

To offer knowledge and expertise to operate as professional conservators in the heritage sector. Alternatively, the MSc can prepare graduates for further research and offers transferable skills in project and resource management, problem solving and communication for a wide range of careers.

This is a conversion course designed for graduates who want to pursue a career in Conservation whose first degree was in a humanities discipline such as history, classics, fine arts, or a scientific discipline such as chemistry, biology, natural sciences, physics.

There is the opportunity for a placement in the heritage sector of at least two months. Previous placements have been with Imperial War Museum, Çatalhöyük research project, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Staffordshire Hoard project, Bristol Museum and the Royal Armouries.

Special Features
  • There are opportunities to work on archaeological, historical, and cultural materials in a laboratory and to consider their value, use, legal and ethical context.
  • You will gain a range of transferable skills.
  • The degree offers students a chance to develop an exciting mix of practical and research skills encompassing aesthetics, ethics, science and project management.
  • This programme integrates theory and practice throughout the degree and uses object-based learning in a series of practical seminar classes to teach the principles and practice of conservation. Learning outcomes for the module are correlated to the novice to expert scale utilised by Icon, The Institute for Conservation for competence assessment.
  • Assessment of the programme comes through a diverse range of assessment methods including reflective learning logs, essays, exams, oral presentations, portfolio, reports and viva. This range of assessment ensures that students have developed a broad range of skills, knowledge and communication methods by the completion of the course.

For more information, please visit: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p330.html.

Information for international students

6.5 IELTS or equivalent is needed.

Fees and funding

For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the School's funding website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Ms Jane Henderson
Email
hendersonLJ@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 29 2087 5629